Korean Studies

Designed to provide a solid foundation in Korea-related fields, our undergraduate program aims to help students acquire not only Korean language competency, but other valuable expertise such as intercultural communication skills.

Available as a major or minor.

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What is it?

Korea is one of Australia’s largest trading partners, and the close political and strategic relationship between the two countries is constantly developing and expanding in a number of sectors, including trade, education and tourism. Furthermore, with the growing influence of Korean popular culture globally in recent years, more students are choosing to learn Korean as a major or to complement their other degrees. We also take pride in our innovative teaching, as well as our strong commitment to research.

Korean language teaching at Monash incorporates interactive and multimedia resources to enhance learning and bring Korean culture to the classroom. Students are introduced to Hanguel, the Korean phonetic writing system, which enables them to type in Korean from the beginner level.

There are many ways to include Korean in your studies at Monash. Most students study Korean in a Bachelor of Arts course, but even if you’re not an Arts student and you’re doing a Business, Science, Engineering or Law course, you can still take Korean units. 

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Study Overseas

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Language Study Abroad Program in Korea. The Korean program has exchange agreements with four prominent universities in Korea. Monash University supports study in Korea under the Monash Abroad program. A number of organisations also offer scholarships.

Exciting Career Prospects

Graduates with a high level of linguistic and intercultural competence often have an advantage when applying for prospective jobs.

Opportunities for graduates in Korean Studies are diverse, including employment in fields such as trade, commerce, international relations, translation/interpretation, technology, government, education, tourism and community services.

Scholarship Opportunities

There is an opportunity for students to apply for Korean government -supported scholarships to help with their study.

Entry Levels

If you have no knowledge or very little knowledge of Korean, you should enrol in Korean Introductory 1. All other students wishing to enrol in a Korean language unit are required to undertake an entry level test to obtain enrolment approval.

Find out what your entry level would be...